WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Capitals made Anaheim's grueling six-game,
11-day road trip worse.
Adam Oates had a goal and three assists as Washington extended
Anaheim's winless streak to six games with a 4-1 victory over the
Mighty Ducks on Saturday night.
"They get two power-play goals early and they have the first
five power plays in the game," Anaheim coach Bryan Murray said.
"As hard as we're trying, we can't score any goals. ... That's the
difference in the game really."
Washington had been outscored 16-5 in losing two straight.
The stellar defensive effort was a welcome development for the
beleaguered Capitals as was the strong offensive play of Oates and
Jagr, who have battled injuries and inconsistency.
"You just can't look at two guys and expect them to produce
every night," Ulf Dahlen said. "You've got to get goals from all
over the team. ... But they broke out. They're great offensive
players and they're going to win games for us."
Samuel Pahlsson scored for the Mighty Ducks, who have just 10
goals during a 0-4-2 skid.
"That's why I'm juggling lines and trying to find a way out of
this. It's been a struggle," Murray said. "We don't finish very
Washington took a 1-0 lead 3:01 into the game on Jagr's sixth
goal of the year, breaking an 0-for-13 power-play drought. From the
left post, Jagr used a backhand poke to score on Dahlen's rebound.
Pettinger's slap shot from the left wing made it 2-0 at 8:07,
but Pahlsson trimmed the lead 41 seconds later, connecting on a
wrist shot from the right circle.
Oates, who assisted on the first two Capitals goals, got his
first of the season to extend the lead to 3-1 late in the second
When Mighty Ducks goalkeeper Jean-Sebastien Giguere failed to
intercept Dahlen's pass through the crease, Oates shoved the puck
in from the left post for a power-play goal at 15:16.
Simon added an empty-net goal with 2:03 left.
Anaheim was 0-for-6 on the power play.
"They're turning-point kills," Washington coach Ron Wilson
said. "It's 3-1, they score at the end of the second period and we
probably feel nervous because of what's happened to us recently. We
got the job done."
Dahlen's assist on Jagr's goal was his 100th point as a
Capital. ... Washington D Joe Reekie was a healthy scratch for the
first time this season. ... The Capitals are 5-0 when scoring a
power-play goal but not allowing one. ... Anaheim D Drew Bannister,
recalled from AHL Cincinnati on Nov. 15, played in his first game.